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COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

Check for updates on community news, information and events at: www.grafenwoehr.army.mil

23 November 2011

Holiday mailing deadlines for U.S. Army Post Offices in Germany SAM Parcels: Friday, 25 Nov. PAL Parcels: Friday, 2 Dec. PRIORITY Parcels: Friday, 9 Dec. FIRST CLASS letters and cards: Friday, 9 Dec. EXPRESS Mail: Friday, 16 Dec.


Community Highlights Special programs, updates, community campaigns, classes and more

Bavarian News on stand today! Pick up a copy and read all about Giants of the gridiron: Top talent from high schools around Europe converges in Grafenwoehr for the DoDDS-Europe All-Star football game, which was the first time it has happened in nearly 20 years; Fresh faces: As part of a continued effort to rejuvenate its aging local national workforce, the garrison has kick-started its Local National Apprenticeship Program. USAG Grafenwoehr is the only garrison in Europe with such a program; Rising to the top: Grafenwoehr‘s Tamara Stinson is headed to San Antonio next month (Dec. 11-17) to compete against 11 other Operation Rising Star finalists for a shot at an all-expenses paid trip to L.A. and the chance to record a professionally produced three-song demo; Crossing the cultural gap: This time teachers learn a thing or two as part of a teacher exchange program between Hohenfels Middle/High School and a German high school in Parsberg; ‗Tis the season: Stay warm this winter and soak up some culture at the same time. Check out page 16 for a full listing of the biggest (and most quaint) Christkindlmarkts across Germany and in your own backyard.

Here’s to a safe Thanksgiving! LTG Ferriter's Thanksgiving message: http://www.army.mil/article/69763/Enjoy_a_safe_Thanksgiving/ Safety in the cooking:http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/perspectives/consumer/productsafety/turkeys/

Overseas Service Photography Project Announced The Department of Defense announced today that it seeks donations of photographs of U.S. military service life overseas from current and former service members for use in a photo recognition exhibition planned in conjunction with the State Department. The project called “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” will choose images that depict six specific categories: daily life, friendship, places, faces, loss or triumph. Selected images may be used for display in a special photography exhibition planned for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pentagon and other prominent venues, stateside and overseas. Submissions will be accepted beginning Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011, through Presidents Day, Feb 20, 2012. Rules, entry form and submission guidelines may be found here. For more, email Lt. Col. Robert Ditchey.

Extended Postal Service Center holiday hours of operations Now - 24 Dec: Main Post Grafenwoehr & Rose Barracks Vilseck Postal Postal Finance: Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mailroom Delivery: Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please note that the PSC's will only be open for "Mailroom Delivery" on Dec. 24.

Gift Wrapping Table 25 Nov – 24 Dec: The American Red Cross is sponsoring gift wrapping tables at both the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Main PXs throughout this holiday shopping season. All donations directly benefit your community organizations in the Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels area. For more, contact your garrison Red Cross.

Road conditions, staying safe on winter’s roads For up-to-date weather information, click on the following link. Additionally tune your radio to AM 1107, FM 98.5 for Main post Grafenwoehr, or FM 107.6 for Rose Barracks for the latest AFN updates; log onto http://www.grafenwoehr.army.mil and click on the ―Road Conditions― link provided on the left side of the page; tune TVs to the Command Information Channel and watch the weather crawler at the bottom of the screen.Call DSN 475-ROAD (7623) or CIV: 09641-83-7623 for the recorded ―road conditions and reporting instructions‖ Delay, Early Release and Closure: When conditions warrant, the Garrison Commander may direct a delayed reporting, early release, or garrison closure. Decision is based on a combination of road conditions and weather forecast. Garrison Commander‘s decision applies to all personnel, tenant units, directorates and agencies to include DODDS schools. Delayed Reporting or Garrison Closure will normally be made at 0400. The Installation Operations Center (IOC) will update the website, command channel and phone recordings NLT 0430, and will alert AFN. AFN will broadcast updates starting at 5 a.m. Early release decision will be made two hours prior to forecasted degradation of road


conditions. This will allow for DODDS to stage school busses. The IOC will also contact tenant units in addition to updating the website, phone recordings, command channel and AFN. 2-Hour Delays: Garrison needs this time to clear the roads and parking lots. Personnel will report 2 hours later than their normally scheduled reporting time. School busses will pick up children from their bus stops two hours after their normal time. Only those personnel who are part of key and essential functions may drive on post. Functions include snow removal crews, guard force, limited dining facility, and emergency services. Safety Weather and road conditions vary in our area. Use your best judgment and know the hazards along your route. When in doubt, don‘t drive. DOD Civilians will not lose pay when the Command directs a delay, early release or closure. Affected work time will be accounted for as administrative leave IAW DODI 1400.25-M Road conditions: GREEN, Driving is OK, no hazards; AMBER, Drive with caution. Driving conditions are hazardous due to reduced visibility, snowfall , or other weather phenomena is forecasted or is occurring. RED, Only mission essential travel; Driving conditions are hazardous. Mission Essential and Emergency government vehicles only. BLACK, Only emergency travel. Driving conditions are extremely dangerous at any speed – Roads are closed. Emergency only for Government Vehicles

2011 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas The 2011 CFC-Overseas program, the world‘s largest charity campaign impacting the lives of military personnel and Family members, starts Oct. 4 and runs through Dec. 2. CFC, the only authorized solicitation of federal employees in their workplaces, raises millions of dollars annually and features more than 2,300 charities. During last year‘s campaign, U.S. Army in Europe Soldiers and civilian employees contributed approximately $2.4 million, with more than $97,000 designated for the family support and youth programs. CFC-O offers contributors the opportunity to give using the traditional paper pledge card or through e-giving at www.cfcoverseas.org.

Customs pamphlet eases holiday mail rush Mailing packages stateside from Europe involves many prohibitions, restrictions and import duty rules. U.S. personnel can avoid the pitfalls by getting the "International Mail Imports" pamphlet from a military customs office. Banned products include canned meats, pâté, salami, sausage and soup mixes containing meat. It is also illegal to mail handguns, alcoholic beverages and a whole list of other items to the United States. Other articles may need special import permits. A customs declaration must be fixed to every parcel going to the States and falsifying it is a federal crime. The International Mail Imports pamphlet is available at any military customs office and online.

Community Retirement Ceremony 30 Nov: USAG Grafenwoehr will host a quarterly retirement ceremony at Grafenwoehr Field House (Main Post Bldg. 547), that will recognize the many years of service and sacrifice that our Soldiers and Civilians (U.S. and local nationals) have given to the United States Army and the Nation. Soldiers and Civilian members of the Grafenwoehr military community are welcome to participate in this event. For more, email; DSN 475-8539 and email; DSN 475-8821.

Tree lightings 6 & 8 Dec: Come celebrate the holiday season as the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr lights its Christmas trees at the Exchange parking lots on Main Post, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m., and Rose Barracks, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m.

Come all ye music & bargain lovers 8 Dec: 6:30 p.m., Grafenwoehr Elementary School is having a Winter Concert in our MPR (cafeteria) In tandem with the great music, there will be a fantastic PTA silent basket auction where you can bid on some beautiful goodie baskets with differing themes such as a ―Day at the Spa‖ or ―Winter Warmers.‖ Come bid for these beautiful baskets, you may end up with an awesome bargain for a bunch of great things and you‘ll be helping the students too! For more info contact Patricia Graham, PTA President at DSN 475-7133.

Breakfast with Santa 10 Dec: The War Eagle Foundation (WEF) is hosting a pancake breakfast with Santa from 8 - 11 a.m. at the Vilseck Elementary School Cafeteria. Feast on a delicious breakfast, take your picture with Santa (don't forget your camera!) and enjoy fun holiday activities. Seats are limited so purchase your tickets now by emailing or calling 01719901808. For more on the program, visit www.WarEagleFoundation.org.

The best holiday is a safe one A message from the garrison Fire Department


Holidays are times when all family members and soldiers enjoy spending with family and friends. During this time, many of us decorate our homes and places of work to further cherish the holiday feeling with trees, signs, lights, and candles. Unfortunately, the improper use or placement of holiday decorations could place you and those around you at higher risk for an accident to happen. Follow these general safety tips for a safe and happy holiday: Ensure that your family and people that are staying for the holidays know your home fire escape plan. Check all of your smoke alarms. Whenever possible, use flame-retardant or flame resistant decorating materials. Never use natural vegetation indoors that is not set in water or soil. Watch for overload of electrical circuits. Use listed power distribution blocks or strips with automatic circuit protection when overloaded or overheated. Do not place candles on or near any decorative vegetation on trees. For natural cut trees, choose a tree that is not dry or dropping needles and place away from heaters and heat vents.

Educational Scholarships Available The Vilseck Community and Spouses Club (VCSC) wants to help you go to college. Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors, spouses/dependents of active duty military and DOD civilians. The application deadline is March 16. For more or an application, visit vcsconline.com.

Winter’s coming, prepare your vehicle Every year in October U.S. Forces in Germany participate in the International Motor Vehicle Lighting Equipment Campaign. German garages, Exchange Car Care Centers and most U.S. Forces Vehicle Inspection Stations will be conducting courtesy (cost free) inspections to check vehicle lighting systems to include headlights, taillights, fog lights and turn signals. In addition to the lighting inspection, AAFES Car Care Centers will also inspect windshield wipers, exhaust systems and tires. The International Motor Vehicle Lighting Equipment Campaign is part of the U.S. Army Europe and Germany Fight the Risk joint traffic safety campaign. For more, www.fight-the-risk.army.mil.

Video helps Soldiers prepare for centralized selection boards The Department of the Army Secretariat released a 10-minute instructional video to assist officers, warrant officers and noncommissioned officers with preparing for centralized selection boards.The video explains the overall selection board process and shows Soldiers where on the Army Human Resources Command website to find selection boards and their specific convening dates during the fiscal year. The video explains how to navigate the My Board File and prepare military records for those being considered for promotion. It also provides information about what board members look for during the board file review process.The instructional video can be viewed at http://goo.gl/gEy4v by logging-on with an Army Knowledge Online username and password.

AFN Bavaria/The Exchange Photo Contest Share your photos of Bavaria with us on the AFN Bavaria Facebook page. Post pictures you take of places you‘ve visited, or people you‘ve met in Bavaria and you can win! Monthly winners will win a $25 Exchange Gift Card. The grand prize winner who takes the photo of the year will win a $100 gift card toward a new digital camera. Contest Rules: -Photos may be uploaded to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/afnbavaria) at anytime. -Winners will be selected based on the number of likes their photo receives from our Facebook fans. -Monthly winners will be selected no later than the end of the first week of the month. -Monthly winners will automatically be entered into the photo of the year competition. No additional submissions will be accepted. -Only one photo entry will be accepted per person during contest month; however, you can resubmit the same photo the following month, if it has not already won. The exception is the photo of the year contest. The grand prize winner will be selected no later than the end of January. -Photos must be suitable for sharing in a public forum (G rated). -AFN reserves the right to re-publish your photo for use within the contest or for promotional purposes. -By submitting a photo you are verifying that it is a photo you took. -Prizes will be provided by The Exchange.

ICE QR code Now it‘s even easier to submit ICE - Interactive Customer Comments. Through your Smart Phones, you can provide immediate feedback on services received.


If you have a Smart phone or iPhone, download a QR decoder app. Take a snapshot of the code with your phone, and the code automatically directs you to ICE.

DPW Energy Saving Tip of the Week Dress warmly. The most energy and cost-efficient way to stay warm is to simply put on another layer of clothing.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Call the suicide prevention hotline number at DSN 475-LIFE. Visit our website for more on suicide prevention. Suicide prevention, sexual assault or just a friendly ear‌ you are never alone. Professionals are available to counsel you in confidence. Getting help is a sign of strength. 24 Hour Community Hotlines: Chaplain Hotline 0162-296-0838, Military Police Hotline 0966283-114, Sexual Assault Hotline 0162-296-0661 and Emergency Services 09641-83-117.

Find us on Facebook USAG Grafenwoehr, Army Community Service, VFW Tower Post 10692, MWR, Main Post and Rose Barracks Postal Service Centers, Graf Dog community, the EXCHANGE, AFN Bavaria, Performing Arts Center Grafenwoehr Chaplains, Main Post DFAC, 172 Infantry Brigade, BMEDDAC, and 2SCR.

Army Community Service (ACS) Contact Army Community Service (ACS) Main Post, DSN 475-8371, CIV 09641-83-8371. Rose Barracks, DSN 476-2650 CIV 09662-83-2650. ACS is now on Facebook and Twitter (Follow GRAF ACS) or email graf.acs@eur.army.mil for info. ***The Army Volunteer Corps, AFTB & AFAP programs have moved back into the Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg. 322.

Check out our November and December E-Newsletter here

ACS QR CODE If you have a Smartphone or iPhone, download a QR decoder app. Take a snapshot of the code with your phone, and the code automatically direct you to the ACS section of the Garrison webpage. This is a quick and easy way to access our information and that of the USAG Grafenwoehr Garrison.

ACS Rose Barracks & Main Post holiday closure 24 Nov: ACS Rose Barracks Bldg. 322 and Main Post Satellite Office (Bldg 244, Room 113) will be closed for Thanksgiving. Regular hours resume on Friday, 25 Nov. For details, please email graf.acs@eur.army.mil.

ACS Readiness, classes Employment Readiness **NEW CLASSES FOR EMPLOYMENT READINESS** 13 Dec: Career Fairs 101: Learn Career Fairs Basics, 10-11 a.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322 20 Dec: USAJobs: Learn the new Federal Application Process, 10-11 a.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322

Financial Readiness 30 Nov: Investing 101-103, 1-4 p.m., ACS Rose Barracks, Bldg 322. 5 Dec: Money Management, 1-3 p.m., ACS Rose Barracks, Bldg 322. 12 Dec: Checking Account Maintenance, 1-2 p.m., ACS Rose Barracks, Bldg 322.

Relocation Readiness 29 Nov-1 Dec: Welcome to Bavaria Level I: Welcome to Bavaria, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Post Chapel Annex. 9 Dec: Welcome to Bavaria Level II: Discover Weiden, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,

International Spouses Club Every Tuesday at Main Post Chapel & every Thursday at Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m.-noon. This class is for Spouses of active duty military, retirees and civilians whose native language is other than English. This class is free of charge and ongoing. Learn and embrace the American culture by starting with the language and meet new friends! For more information call DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650.

Hearts Apart: A Program for Spouses of Deployed Soldiers 2 Dec: German Holiday Baking with Chef Sven, noon-3 p.m. Learn how to bake traditional Germany holiday cookies! Pre-registration is required by calling ACS at DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650.


6 Dec: Discover Bayreuth, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a break and visit unusual places during our treasure hunt. Discover the history, traditions, shopping, restaurants and nightlife! Pre-registration is required by calling ACS at DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650.

Mobilization and Deployment 30 Nov: Care Team Training, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. 8 Dec: EFMP Movie Bash: Happy Feet 2, 4-6 p.m., Main Post Movie Theater. 14 Dec: EFMP Support Group, 3-4 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. 15 Dec: EFMP Free Bowling, 4-6 p.m., Main Post Bowling Center.

Resilience Training Resilience Training offers strength-based, positive psychology tools to aid Soldiers, and Family members in their ability to grow and flourish in the face of challenges. Resilience Training gives you the skills to bounce back from difficulties affiliated with the military life and beyond. For childcare, please register your child through CYSS. Registration is required.

Condensed Resilience Training (2 day class). 24-25 Jan: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322.

Super Spouse? Come get your cape on. 4, 11, 18 & 25 Jan: 10 a.m. - noon, Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, room 206 Managing a Military life and Family is no easy task. If you need a New Year‘s resolution, look no further. Super Spouse is a series of 4 workshops that will teach you about home management, Family meal planning, budgeting, self-caring and getting everyone in the Family involved with you in the day to dau house routines. Deadline for registration is 28 Dec and childcare is provided. For details, please email graf.acs@eur.army.mil.

New Parent Support Program Newborn Network for parents with babies ages 0 through 3 Every Tuesday: Rose Barracks ACS, bldg 322, 1-3 p.m.

Playgroup for parents and children ages 0 through 3 Every Tuesday: Main Post Chapel, 9:30-11 a.m. Every Wednesday: Rose Barracks Chapel, 9:30-11 a.m.

Pre and Post Natal Yoga *Free* Every Friday: Pre Natal Yoga, Rose Barracks, bldg 221, 9-10 a.m. **Starting in December**Every Friday: Post Natal Yoga, Rose Barracks, bldg 221, 10-11a.m.

Positive Parenting for parents of infants and toddlers **NEW!** 9 Dec: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322, noon-1:30 p.m. This is Group meeting for parents looking for new ways to enjoy their time and relationships with their children. For more information about NPSP new classes, call ACS at DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650. Email us at graf.acs@eur.army.mil Hospital Tours 13 Dec: Visit Amberg, meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Amberg hospital lobby. st Every 1 Wednesday: Visit Weiden, meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Weiden hospital lobby. th Every 4 Wednesday: Visit Sulzbach-Rosenberg, meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Sulzbach-Rosenberg hospital lobby.

Love & Logic for parents with children ages 0 through 6 ** EVENING SESSION**16 Nov: 5-6 p.m., Rose Barracks CDC This is a 5 session class where parents can learn how to discipline, communicate, and establish positive boundaries with their children. This class is free of charge and ACS offers childcare.

Love & Logic for parents with children ages 7 through 12 30 Nov, 7 & 14 Dec: 12:30-2 p.m., Main Post Chapel Annex This is a 7 session class where parents can learn how to discipline, communicate, and establish positive boundaries with their children. This class is free of charge and ACS offers childcare. Hotlines to help: Sexual Assault Reporting 09662-83-3217 and Domestic Violence 09662-83-3218 or 09641-83-5130. Please contact us for a complete listing of programs and services offered.


Fighting for your Marriage: Having Fun Again 31 Jan / 7, 14, 21 & 28 Feb / 6 March: noon-2 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322. Marriage is not easy, but what is easy is seeking ways to improve communication with your Spouse, work together as a team, put the fun back into your relationship and live the Honeymoon phase as part of your everyday life. This a fun series composed by 6 workshops. Deadline for registration is 27 Jan and childcare is provided. For details, please email.

Family Advocacy Program Hotlines to help: Sexual Assault Reporting 09662-83-3217 and Domestic Violence 09662-83-3218 or 09641-83-5130. Please contact us for a complete listing of programs and services offered.

Army Family Action Plan AFAP affects all of us. Without your input of issues we cannot improve the way things. Change can happen only with your voice! Submit your issues by sending an email (include what the issue is, who it affects, and what solution you may have to the issue), by visiting http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/afap or call AFAP at DSN 476-2237 or CIV 09662-83-2237.

Military Life Consultants are here for you Military Life Consultants provide solution-oriented consultations to individuals, couples, families, and groups. They are designed to provide anonymous, confidential support to Soldiers and their family members, especially those returning from deployments. To contact a military life consultant, call Rose Barracks 0152-0294-0761 or Main Post 0152-0293-4290 / 0152-0241-5226, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Volunteers and other help needed Army Volunteer Corps **Office has changed to Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. The scheduled classes will remain in the old location, Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, Room 207** Becoming a volunteer is easy and fun! Meet new people, network, gain experience and support your community.

Volunteers are the heart of every military community. 30 Nov & 14 Dec: VMIS & OPOC Training, 9 -11 a.m. 21 Dec: Basics of Volunteer Management, 9 -11 a.m.

Learn over Lunch with the AVC! Get together with your Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator during lunch time! Get hands-on experience on how to navigate the Volunteer system, uploading files, entering awards and much more! 23 Nov: Nominations, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. 7 Dec: Attendees Choice (What is on your mind?), 11 a.m. -1 p.m. 28 Dec: VMIS Navigation & Registration, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Army Family Action Plan, volunteers needed We are still seeking volunteers to be part of global change! Be part of the ACS AFAP team and improve the quality of life that affects you, your Soldiers, your Families and the entire military community! Without your input of issues we cannot improve the way things. Change can happen only with your voice! Submit your issues by sending an email (include what the issue is, who it affects, and what solution you may have to the issue), by visiting http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/afap or call AFAP at DSN 476-2237 or CIV 09662-83-2237.

Seeking Emergency Placement Care Providers The children in the USAGG need you. The Emergency Placement Care (EPC) Program trains individuals to become 24 hour providers for at risk children. The community is in need of more providers as the number of children in imminent danger increased due to the deployment rotation of family members. The training you receive will last you a lifetime and help you build your experience and resume. Call ACS 476‑2650 or 09662‑83‑2650.

VFW seeks Christmas support for orphan program Members of VFW Post 9334 conduct a toy and clothing drive for the Orphans in the Czech Republic each year and are assisted by the Torch Club Dragons and the Keystone Tigers from the Netzaberg Youth Center. Persons who are interested in contributing to our Annual Christmas Program can sign for cards, purchase a present, and return it to the


Netzaberg Youth Center or the Vilseck Commissary starting 1 November 11. Our youth clubs will wrap the present for you if it is not gift wrapped. Once the card and gift is returned you may keep the picture as a memoir. We support the Detsky Domov Orphanage and the Most Baby Clinic. There will be two collection points. Persons residing in the Vilseck Community may make donations at the Vilseck Commissary during normal operating hours and the Netzaberg Youth Center building 9080 Monday thru Saturday from 2 – 6 p.m. If you have any questions concerning the program please contact Jim Dicks DSN 475-9393 or 0171 710 6647. Both communities have responded well to this program for the last 10 years. Please assist our organization with making children happy for Christmas because they have no one else to count on but you.

Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation AAFES Movie Listing ***Inquire within for a “Movie Card,” and gain stamps for admission and concession purchases. Receive a free popcorn combo after 9 stamps.

Main Post

Rose Barracks

Wed. Nov 23

7 p.m.

The Help (PG-13)

7 p.m.

Tower Heist (PG-13)

Thurs. Nov 24

7 p.m.

CLOSED

7 p.m.

CLOSED

Fri. Nov 25

6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Jack And Jill (PG)

Sat. Nov 26

4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Jack And Jill (PG)

Contagion (PG-13) I Don’t Know How She Does It

6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

I Don’t Know How She Does It (PG-13) Straw Dogs (R) Jack And Jill (PG)

(PG-13) Sun. Nov 27

4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)

Wed. Nov 30 Thurs. Dec. 1

7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Contagion (PG-13) Puss In Boots (PG)

Fri. Dec. 2

6:30 p.m.

Straw Dogs (R)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 (PG-13)

9:30 p.m.

4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Jack And Jill (PG)

7 p.m. 7 p.m.

I Don’t Know How She Does It (PG-13) Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13)

6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Contagion (PG-13)

Happy Feet Two (PG) Killer Elite (R)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking

Sat. Dec. 3

1 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Dawn Pt. 1 Happy Feet Two Dolphin Tale (PG) Abduction (PG-13)

3 p.m. 7 p.m.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 (PG-13) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 (PG-13)

Sun. Dec. 4

1 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Happy Feet Two (PG) 1600 Dolphin Tale (PG) 1900 Abduction (PG-13)

1 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Dolphin Tale (PG) Happy Feet Two (PG) Abduction (PG-13)

Army MWR Mastercard Earn a full 2% CashBack! on base purchases at MWR Activities, Child Development, Commissary and Exchange. Get 1% Cash Back everywhere else you shop! - No Annual Fee - Valuable Platinum Benefits - Exclusive Army MWR Card Member benefits


In addition to all these great benefits, cardmembers can now enjoy unlimited cash back and NO foreign transaction fees! If you haven‘t applied for an Army MWR MasterCard, what are you waiting for?

FREE German Language Classes Tues. & Thurs: 6 – 8 p.m. in the USO Conference room. Clauda Romero will teach you how to communicate with your neighbors in Germany. The class is ongoing, you can join anytime. For more, CIV 09641 605 2946.

Spouses' Club The Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses Club is a great place to meet people, develop new interests and get involved in the community. Exciting monthly events, special activities, special events such as Crystal Bingo, Hexanagger, Christmas Market Bus Trip, Bunco, Lunch Bunch and more. For more, visit our website, Facebook page or email.

GCSC NEWS Lunch Bunch 29 Nov: 11 a.m., Landmetzgerei Witt, located in the shopping center across from the Tea Garden, next to Tedi/Kid/Lidl, Bahnhofstrasse 60 b 92655 Grafenwohr. Tel. 09641/9260339

Craft Corner - Second Hand Creations with Jen 6 Dec: 6 - 10 am GCSC Board Room - Thrift Shop Main Post Bldg. 508 - Main Post Join us as we create vintage cake stands and cupcake boxes perfect for holiday treats. Why buy new when we can refashion and reuse? Coffee and pastries provided. Cost is FREE to all GCSC members. RSVP gcscmembership@yahoo.com by Dec. 3.

Cooking Club - Holiday Brunch 10 Dec: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. GCSC Kitchen - Thrift Shop Building 508 - Main Post Discover some easy yet impressive brunch recipes and drinks that will impress the ficklest of holiday house guests. $5 per person. RSVP gcscmembership@yahoo.com.

Rock Out! 2 Dec: The rock band STONE is performing at Rose Barrack‘s The Zone Sports Bar (Langenbruck Center) from 9 p.m. – midnight, performing classics by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam and others.

Home cooked meals Tues., Wed., & Thurs evenings: If you'd be interested in volunteering to cook for the Soldiers, call or come by the USO. Let us know what you'd like to prepare and when. All menus welcome. Meals are free to all. Dinner starts about 5:30 p.m. each night. For more, CIV 09641 605 2946.

KINGZ MC Motorcycle club Thursdays: The KINGZ MC Clubhouse has opened on Main Post Bldg. 441. Meet every Thursday from 6 – 9 p.m. and interact with other fellow motorcyclists. For more, 0171-9357830.

Java Cafe's Monthly Drink Specials November: Hot Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate - Just like Starbucks! - This is a new drink using Starbucks ingredients and their original recipe December: Peppermint Mocha - Mint up your Mocha with a little holiday peppermint syrup!

Libraries Holiday Recipe Exchange Now – 24 Dec: Your Libraries are hosting a Holiday Recipe Exchange. Bring in a copy of your favorite holiday dish – main course, appetizer, vegetable, dessert, beverage, traditional family Jell-O mold, whatever you like – and we‘ll make copies to share. Looking for ideas? Stop in and take a copy. We also have a great selection of cookbooks for all tastes and skill levels. For more, Main Post Library: DSN 475-1740, CIV 09641-83-1740 or Rose Barracks Library: DSN 4761740, CIV 09662-83-1740.

Heart & Home Craft Center Black Friday Sale 25 Nov: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., 10 - 15% off entire stock.


Support the Cub Scouts 25 - 26 Nov: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in front of the Exchange. Cub Scouts will be selling popcorn as a fundraising event. Please show your support by purchasing some popcorn. For more, email or ―Like‖ us at Graf Cub Scouts on Facebook.

Basketball Officials & Coaches Clinic & Tournament 29 Nov. – 4 Dec: Main Post Physical Fitness Center Bldg. 170 This event is FREE. Awards are 1st-3rd team trophies. Contact Main Post Physical Fitness Center: DSN 475-9007, CIV 09641-83-9007, Rose Barracks Fitness Center: DSN 476-2998, CIV 09662-83-2998 for more.

BOSS New Year's Trip to Berlin 30 Dec. - 2 Jan: Travel with us to Berlin and bring in the New Year. Price of 275 Euro includes transportation and lodging. Contact your BOSS Representative for more information. USAG Grafenwoehr BOSS Program: DSN 475-8822, CIV 09641-83-8822.

Arbor Ski Trips 3, 10 & 17 Dec: Come join us on a day trip skiing/snowboarding at Grosse Arber. Price: $29 per person. Rental gear will be ½ off with paid seat on the bus. For those that own their own equipment we are offering a free machine wax with a paid seat on the bus. For an additional $10 we will offer skiing or snowboarding instruction. Departure from Rose Barracks at 6 a.m. and Main Post at 6:30 a.m. Return time is approximately 7:30 p.m. Contact Outdoor Recreation/Leisure Travel Services Main Post: DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 or Rose Barracks: DSN 476-2563, CIV 09662-83-2563. Sign up online.

Visit and explore the Christmas Markets of Germany with MWR Get some Christmas shopping done while enjoying Lebkuchen and Gluehwein. Leisure Travel Services has trips to various Christmas Markets scheduled. Ask for our BONUS CARD: One FREE Daytrip if you take 5 daytrips with us! Contact us by phone, DSN 475-7402 or go online for more details.

Prague, Czech Republic 4 Dec: See the Golden City of Europe. The 2-hour walking tour with a local guide takes you through the historic part of town, to show you the Astronomical Clock, the Charles Bridge, and many more famous sights. You will ample time to enjoy lunch, do some shopping, visit museums, or walk to the Castle and discover the Cathedral. The estimated time of return is 9 p.m. Price: $49 per adult, $39 per child (3-12), $10 per child under 3. Departs Rose Barracks at 7:30 a.m. and Main Post at 8 a.m. Contact Outdoor Recreation/Leisure Travel Services Main Post: DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 or Rose Barracks: DSN 476-2563, CIV 09662-83-2563. Sign up online.

Eger Revier Hunt 16 - 18 Dec: 6 Seats available cost is $100 plus trophy fees and €35 per night for hotel. Hunts will take place in the Eger Revier (off post). Reh Hunts ongoing throughout regular season an established fee schedule applies. Contact Outdoor Recreation/Leisure Travel Services Main Post: DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 or Rose Barracks: DSN 476-2563, CIV 09662-83-2563 Sign up online - https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/Grafenwoehrrectrac.html

Upcoming PAC events 16 & 17 Dec: Auditions for Evita are held on both days starting at 6:30 p.m. with callbacks January 18, 6:30 p.m. Evita is a musical production with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentinean president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death. Performances are scheduled for March 22-24, 29-31 and April 5-7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and shows begin at 7 p.m. for all performance dates. Show may not be appropriate for children until age 13. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evita_(musical) For more, DSN 475-6426 / CIV 09641-836426 or email.

Holiday on Ice in Nuremberg 17 Dec: ―Energy‖ is the new Holiday on Ice Show: directed by a trainer of Olympic Champions, it represents an epic journey through time and space to discover the deeper message how the universe is connected. Tickets for the


performance are not included, participants must purchase them in advance online at http://www.stage-entertainment.de. Price: $20 per adult, $15 per child (3-12), and $10 for children under 3. Our price only covers transportation. The estimated time of return is 9 p.m. Departs Rose Barracks at 10 a.m. and Main Post at 10:30 a.m. Contact Outdoor Recreation/Leisure Travel Services Main Post: DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 or Rose Barracks: DSN 476-2563, CIV 09662-83-2563. Sign up online.

Rothenburg 18 Dec: There is a city in Germany where Christmas can be experienced all year long: Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the Romantic Road in Bavaria. It is also home to one of the most romantic Christmas markets in Germany. Price: $29per adult, $19 per child (3-12), $10 per child under 3. Departs: Rose Barracks at 7:30 a.m. and Main Post at 8 a.m. The estimated time of return is 8 p.m. Contact Outdoor Recreation/Leisure Travel Services Main Post: DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 or Rose Barracks: DSN 476-2563, CIV 09662-83-256. Sign up online.

It’s BINGO time again! 22 Dec: The Patton Fireside Lounge Join us at the Patton Fireside Lounge for cash prizes & fun. Get your package of 13 games and play. Extra jackpot cards are $2/card. Open to all military personnel, retirees, Family members and D.O.D. civilians. Get out your daubers and join us for Bingo fun. Early Bird Bingo starts at 6 p.m. and regular Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information call DSN 475-6200, CIV 09641-83-6200.

Mehlmeisel Night Skiing 30 Dec: Join Outdoor Recreation as we go night skiing at Mehlmeisel! Price: $12 per person. Customers will receive ½ off rental gear with this trip. Departure from Rose Barracks at 4 p.m. and Main Post at 4;30 p.m. Return time is estimated to be 10:30 p.m. Contact Outdoor Recreation/Leisure Travel Services Main Post: DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 or Rose Barracks: DSN 476-2563, CIV 09662-83-2563. Sign up online.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop Shop Happy Thanksgiving! Bring your gently used items to Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop, Bldg 221 on Rose Barracks. The November sale buy 1 article of clothing, get 1 free (equal or less value); buy 5 books, get 5 free; and buy 1 VHS, get 2 free. Color tags only. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tues, Wed &Thurs. Open Sept. 10. For more, DSN 476-2649, CIV 0966283-2649 or email. Volunteers and donations are always welcome!

Framing classes at the Arts & Crafts Center Offered the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6 – 9 p.m. and the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. – Noon (in December it will be the 2nd week). Bring in a 5x7 photo to frame and take home! The cost of this class is $35 all supplies is included. After taken this class you will be able to come to our facility or any MWR Frame Shop and work on your projects.

Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop, something for everyone Are you new to the community or just looking to find that one special item? Come and visit the Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop. PCSing, ETSing, Deploying, Retiring, or simply want to get rid of your unwanted clutter, help the community by donating your items to the Thrift Shop. Volunteers and donations are always welcome and appreciated! Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop located on Main Post at Bldg. 508 Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursdays 2-6 p.m., 1st Saturday of the month 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Consignments, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CIV 09641-9260377.

Adult Education / Training Quarterly TARP, SETA, OPSEC, and Anti-terrorism Level 1 Training 30 Nov: Main Post, Tower Theater, Bldg. 620. 10:30-11:30 a.m. (LN employees), 1:30 – 4 p.m. (US employees). 1 Dec: Rose Barracks, Post Theater, Bldg. 354. 9 – 11:30 a.m. (US employees), 1:30 – 2:3- p.m. (LN employees). Together with the 66th Military Intelligence Group, JMTC Intelligence and Security, and the United States Army Garrison Grafenwoehr (Antiterrorism and Security Divisions) will be conducting the quarterly community Threat Awareness and


Reporting Program (TARP), Security Education Training Awareness (SETA), Operation Security (OPSEC), and Antiterrorism Level 1 Refresher Training. This training is a mandatory annual requirement for all DoD personnel including Military, AF/NAF (both US and LN); U.S. Contractor employees are welcome.

FAST Classes 28 Nov - 9 Dec: Rose Barracks (Vilseck) Education Center, Bldg. 223, 8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) provides Soldiers with instruction in reading, mathematics, and language skills and is an excellent tool to prepare Soldiers to raise their GT score. This class is a 60-hour long course and is limited to twenty students. For more information please contact Rose Barracks Education Center at DSN 476-2653/3292 or Main Post (Grafenwoehr) Education Center at DSN 475-6219/6786.

Food Handlers course 2 Dec: Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg. 223, Room1 3, 11:30 a.m. A food safety class required for food service personnel who prepare or serve food to the public within the Graf/Vilseck community. Certification is intended for individuals involved in fund raising food sales such as, boss, FRG, clubs or bazaars, and also to CYS personnel such as CYPA‘s. The class may also supplement required refresher training for regular food service employees. Class is free, lasts approx. 1 hour, and registration is not required. For more, Sgt. Thompson, DSN: 476-2041/2138, CIV 0152-29587133, email.

University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is honored to serve military service members stationed in Europe by offering both MBA and Master of Arts in Education degree programs at several on-base locations near you. Classes meet one night a week. We are currently enrolling for our January semester. Get started today by visiting www.phoenix.edu/militaryeurope or by calling, Fe Gehrels at DSN 475-6712 or CIV 09641-83-6712.

Religious 2:42 Bible study Join other singles and young couples in studying the Bible Wednesday evenings at 6:45pm in the Graf Chapel Annex. Enjoy fellowship, prayer, teaching, and worship in a coffee shop atmosphere. Sorry, no childcare provided. Sponsored by the Garrison Chaplains Office. For more information, contact Brian Kleager 0151-54678686 (brian.kleager@cadence.org) or Laurel Hoyt 0151-14991395 (laurel.hoyt@cadence.org). "And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." Acts 2:42.

Grafenwoehr Chapels, Holiday mass and events THANKSGIVING MASS 24 Nov: The Catholic Parish will hold a Thanksgiving Mass 8 a.m. at Main Post Chapel. THANKSGIVING REVIVAL 20-23 Nov: The Rose Barracks Pentecostal Congregation will hold a Thanksgiving Revival , 6 p.m.in the Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel. ADVENT SERVICES AND SOCIALS 8 Dec: The Catholic Parish will hold Immaculate Conception Masses at Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel, 12:05 p.m. and Main Post Chapel Mass, 6 p.m. YULE 15 Dec: The Wiccan Open Circle will celebrate Yule (Winter Solstice) from noon – 8 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel Annex. HANUKA 20 Dec: The Jewish Congregation will hold a Menorah Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel Annex. CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES 24 Dec: The Main Post Protestant Congregation Christmas Eve Service will take place at Main Post Chapel, 5 p.m.. The Rose Barracks Protestant Congregation Christmas Eve Service will take place at Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel at 6:30 p.m. The Catholic Parish will hold a Christmas Eve Midnight Mass on 24 Dec. at Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel. CHRISTMAS DAY All chapels will hold services as normally scheduled. NEW YEAR’S DAY


All chapels will hold services as normally scheduled.

Chaplain Crisis Line After duty hours, please call: MP STATION CIV 09662‑83‑2490 or 09662‑83‑3397 / DSN 476‑2490 or 476‑3397. USAG‑Grafenwoehr IOC CIV 09641‑83‑7226 / DSN 475‑7226. CHAPLAIN CRISIS LINE CIV 0162‑296‑0838. During business hours: Main Post Chapel: DSN 475-1570, CIV 09641-83-1570. Rose Barracks Chapel: DSN 476-1570, CIV 09662-83-1570.

Health & Medical, Red Cross, VET Corner First Aid/CPR/AED Course 3 Dec: The American Red Cross is offering a First Aid/CPR/AED course from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Rose Barracks American Red Cross office, Bldg. 162. The cost is $40.00. Please register no later than 28 Nov. Please note there are only 8 slots available, payment must be received to obtain a slot. For more information, please contact the American Red Cross at 09641-83-1760 or 09662-83-1760.

Open Saturday at the Vilseck Veterinary Treatment Facility 10 Dec: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Rose Barracks Bldg. 222 (opposite Tumbleweeds, next to the Launderette). The VTF is providing more access to care for families and Soldiers outside of normal working hours by offering walk-in appointments to receive basic vaccinations in addition to nail trims, heartworm tests, health certificates, microchipping and over the counter sales & registration. Additionally, in the last three months, the VTF has been between supply contracts and unable to provide all the medications, special diets, and over the counter products expected. They are pleased to announce that the new contracts are in place and working well and can now supply family pets with the same level of care and products again. Please contact DSN 476-2370 or CIV 0966-283-2370 to place an order during normal business hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri.

Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures PAC, back in business The Performing Arts Center is OPEN again. The Safety issues are being resolved and its business as usual.

Main Post Mall Bakery, closed for renovations Current: The bakery, along with a new bakery bakery in the Rose Barracks Food Court, will reopen in January 2012.

New hours of operation for housing offices Current: Both Rose Barracks and Main Post hours are as follows: Walk-ins Mon. - Fri. 8 – 11:30 a.m. Appointments only, Mon. – Fri., 1 – 3:30 p.m. The offices are closed everyday from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., the morning of every 3rd Wednesday for training and all American and German holidays.

Postal Service center Thanksgiving hours 24 Nov: The USAG Grafenwoehr Postal Service Centers (Main Post and Rose Barracks) will be closed Thurs. Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Both offices will be open on Friday, Nov. 25 for full services. Also Saturday hours from 10 am to 2 pm will begin on Nov. 26 through Dec. 24. There will be incoming mail and parcel delivery only on Saturday, Dec. 24 as we provide Operation Santa Claus for those last minute gifts to be delivered. Be sure to check us out on Facebook by searching for Main Post or Rose Barracks for plenty of helpful information to reduce that holiday season mailing stress. For more, Mr. Bakalars at 475-6333 (Main Post) or Mr. Morris at 476-2581 (Rose Barracks).

Thanksgiving closures 24 & 25 Nov: The Rose Barracks (Vilseck) and Main Post (Grafenwoehr) Education Centers will be closed for the training and Thanksgiving holidays. For more information please contact Rose Barracks Education Center at DSN 4762653/3292 or Main Post (Grafenwoehr) Education Center at DSN 475-6219/6786.


The Grafenwoehr and Vilseck Health Clinics will be also closed on the aforementioned dates. For more, DSN 476-2438.

Rose Barracks Fitness Center, construction update 24 & 25 Nov: The Rose Barracks Fitness Center will repair its water boiler system, effecting the water usage. There will be no running water on Nov. 24 and no running hot water on 25 November 2011. The fitness center will be operate at the normal holiday schedule. For more, DSN 476-2214 or CIV 09662-83-2214.

Closure for HNLFOA-Maintenance Division 25 Nov: The HNLFOA-Maintenance Division including the POV Inspection Station in Bldg 301, CST Grafenwoehr in Bldg 319 and CST Vilseck in Bldg 144, will be closed on 25th November due to their Shop Agreement/Garrisons Agreement. For more, DSN 475-6120.

Grafenwoehr Military Personnel Division, holiday schedule 1 Dec: Closed for organizational day. During the holiday: Be advised that the USAG Grafenwoehr Military Personnel Division will experience minimal staffing throughout the Holiday Season (starting Thanksgiving and continuing until after the first of the year). Please allow for the possibility for longer wait times. Sections affected include: Passports, ID Cards, Ration Cards, SOFA, Reassignments, Records, Awards, Promotions and Command Sponsorships and Early Return of Dependents.

The Netzaberg Shoppette, new hours of operation Beginning 5 Dec: The Netzaberg Shoppette will close one hour earlier, except for Sunday where the hours will remain the same. New hours are as follows: Sun., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Mon. – Thurs. 6 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri. 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Main Post Auto Skills Center on the move - Grand Reopening 9 Dec: Now it's time to celebrate! Join us for the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Reopening of the facility, Main Post Bldg. 528 at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Tour the renovated facility and see all the improvements made. *** Please note the Main Post Main Post Auto Skills Center will be closed until this date for preparation.

JMTC, G4 Property Book office, closures of activity 16 Dec: Closed for annual works outing.

School News Driver's Education Program for High School Students IMCOM-Europe is proud to announce the availability of a comprehensive driver's education program for teens in Europe. It is made possible through a collaborative effort and contract with the German National Federation of Driving Instructors (Fahrlehrerverband). Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity for teens! If you wish to enroll, please contact Parent Central Services: Rose Barracks CIV 09662-83-2760, Main Post CIV 0964183-6656 or CYSS Website https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/Grafenwoehrcyms.html.

Grafenwoehr Elementary School 24-25 Nov: No School Thanksgiving 5 – 8 Dec: Silent auction for baskets 8 Dec: Winter Concert 16 Dec: STAR Assembly 1:45 p.m., and last day of school for winter break. 3 Jan: Return to School Come to Grafenwoehr Elementary School‘s Grizzly Room from 5 to 8 Dec. any time from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and bid on a beautiful baskets of treats. Each class has developed a special themed basket such as ―Christmas Fun‖ loaded with holiday treats, or ―Day at the Spa‖ which has things in it for soothing the senses… Write down the amount you bid for the basket you want to win at the Grizzly room and you just might have the high bid and get a bucket of fun for a good price. Additionally, the students win because they earn 100% of the proceeds. Contact Mrs. Manzo DSN 457-7133 for questions.


The Grafenwoehr Elementary PTA has received great support so far this year from our parents. We would like to remind you that if you intended to join the PTA, it is not too late. Contact DSN 475-7133 or email for more information. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑ Fri. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.‑ Fri. 8:15 a.m.‑2:35 p.m. CIV 09641‑837133 DSN 475‑7133

Vilseck Elementary School 22 Nov: 23 Nov: 24-25 Nov: 29 Nov: 30 Nov: 1 Dec: 2 Dec: 2 Dec:

Main Building Book-Swap 9 -11a.m. Spirit Wear Day No School- Thanksgiving Holidays Kindergarten Building Book-Swap 9 -11a.m. Family Library Night- 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Family Fun & Fitness Night 4:30-6:00pm. PTSA Membership Meeting at 5:30pm@VES MPR Spirit Wear Day nd rd MA, 2 . & 3 . grade music/drama club, Christmas caroling in the community. Pancake dinner in the annex follows.

4 Dec: 6 Dec: 7 Dec: 8 Dec: 14 Dec:

Tell Me A Story. 1:00-3:00pm in our MPR. Flyers were emailed home to parents.

14 Dec:

Main Building Book-Swap 9 -11a.m. Family Library Night 4:30-6:30 p.m. Rose Barracks‘ Christmas tree lighting, kindergarten- gr.1 music/drama performing 4-5th grade music/drama students perform ―I Love Christmas‖ at the Rose Barracks dining facility VES Art Night 4:30-6:00pm @VES MPR open for students and families

VES Vision: Vilseck Expects Success Continuous School Progress Goals: Goal 1: By 2016 all students will improve competency with numbers and operations as measured by increased performance on assessments. Goal 2: By 2016 all students will demonstrate improved reading comprehension through written and oral communication as measured by increased performance on assessments. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑Fri. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:25 a.m. ‑ 2:35 p.m. CIV 09662‑832812 / 832673 DSN 476‑2812/2673 PTSA Information can be found at VES.My-PTSA.org

Netzaberg Elementary School 24-25 Nov: Thanksgiving Break; No school. rd th th 30 Nov: Spelling Bee; 3 , 4 , and 5 grades; MPR; 8:30a.m.; POC: Email rd th 13 Dec: Winter Choir Concert; 3 -5 Grades; MPR; 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m. nd 14 Dec: Winter Choir Concert; K-2 Grades; MPR; 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m. 19 Dec-2 Jan: Winter Break; No school. Parent Volunteers: We need and appreciate all of our parent volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at Netzaberg Elementary School, please contact the school. We welcome your support. POC: Email Attendance Reminder: It‘s the responsibility of the parent/guardian to report student absences to the front office before 9:00a.m. Child Find: Netzaberg Elementary School‘s Preschool Services for Child Development (PSCD) program is conducting screenings to identify strengths and concerns in a young child‘s development. The free Child Find developmental screenings are provided for command sponsored children from age three to five years. Professional staff will screen motor, language, problem solving, social, and self-help skills, plus the child‘s vision and hearing. In addition, parents will have an opportunity to ask questions about their child‘s development. For further information on Child Find developmental screenings at Netzaberg Elementary School, please call CIV 09645-917-9184 or DSN 472-9184.Child Find developmental screenings are held at DoDEA schools to assist parents in identifying the early warning signs that put young children at risk for learning delays and provide crucial early diagnosis and intervention. Netzaberg Elementary School Needs YOU. Netzaberg Elementary School partners with our parents and community to support the success of all students. Goal 1: Reading By 2016, all students will improve targeted reading comprehension skills across the curriculum as measured by local and system-wide assessments. The targeted reading skills are: Pre-reading skills in Pre-K—Kindergarten; Retelling and inferring in grades 1 – 2; and Summarizing and drawing conclusions in grades 3 – 5. Intervention: Explicitly teach targeted reading comprehension strategies through Think Alouds. Goal 2: Math By 2016, all students will improve their understanding of number sense and operational concepts across the curriculum as measured by local and system-wide assessments. Intervention: Explicitly teach students to think and talk about numbers through Number Talks. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.- Fri. 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m.-.2:35 p.m. CIV 09645-917-9185/9184/9313/DSN 472-9184/9313


Netzaberg Middle School 24-25 Nov: No School – Thanksgiving Break 29 Nov: Knitting, Sports, & Homework Clubs – 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm - Students need a permission slip on file to attend. 30 Nov: CSI Meeting – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (All parents are invited and encouraged to attend) 01 Dec: Game, Sports, & Science Clubs – 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm - Students need a permission slip on file to attend. 06 Dec: Knitting, Sports, & Homework Clubs – 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm - Students need a permission slip on file to attend. 06 Dec: Family Consumer Science Club – 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm - Students need a permission slip on file to attend. 06 Dec: Tree Lighting Ceremony at Main PX on Graf – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm th th 07 Dec: Winter Choir Concert for 7 /8 Graders – 2:00 pm – 2:35 pm 07 Dec: Evening Winter Choir Concert – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 08 Dec: Game, Sports, & Science Clubs – 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm - Students need a permission slip on file to attend. 08 Dec: Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rose Barracks – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm th 09 Dec: Winter Choir Concert for 6 Graders – 2:00 pm – 2:35 pm 10 Dec: Reindeer Run at Graf Fitness Center – Registration from 9:30 – 10:30 am race @ 11:00 am. After School Activities: After School clubs have begun. Ask your student which clubs are available and contact the school for permission slips. Find us on Facebook: Like our page and you will always have access to the most update information about your student‘s school. We will also be able to upload photos from the various activities. Parent volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering for the PTSA or other school committees, please contact the school. We welcome your support. POC: Email Lunch accounts: To use the online service you will need to set up an account at http://www.mealpayplus.com/. If you are new to the area you will need to open a Horizon account at the PX or the school cafeteria. All lunch concerns need to be addressed to AAFES. You can also logon to www.odin.aafes.com/nutrition/08/index.html to set up your child‘s account. Attendance: If your son/daughter is going to be absent from school – notify us via the attendance mailbox: #NetzabergMSAttendanceStaff@eu.dodea.edu or call the attendance phone line: DSN 472-9233 (CIV 09645 917 9233) the email notification is the preferred method as this gives us an easy to refer to record. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon - Fri 7:30am–4:00 pm Mon-Fri 7:55am-2:40 pm CIV 09645-917-9232/9233/9229 DSN 472-9232

Vilseck High School 24 Nov: NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Day 25 Nov: NO SCHOOL – Recess Day 19 Dec – 2 Jan: NO SCHOOL – Winter Recess Fall Play! Come out and see the VHS production of ―The Foreigner,‖ a hilarious comedy, Dec. 1 – 3, at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $3 in advance, $4 at the door. Proudly presented by the Vilseck High School Theater Department. Vilseck High School Tutoring Services for Students Free after-school tutoring is offered at VHS every Tuesday and Thursday. Student tutors are always needed to help out – all volunteers are eligible for service hours. Attendance E-Mail It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the school when their child will be absent. If your child will be absent, please call DSN 476-2573 or 09662-83-2573. You can also e-mail the attendance clerk at vilshs-attendance@eu.dodea.eduFree, Online Tutoring All U.S. military families can receive free online tutoring, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to http://www.tutor.com/military for more information. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CIV 09662‑832864 / Fax 09662-832480 DSN 476‑2864

Was ist Los? Get involved in the local scene

Flea markets Every Sat., 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 93059 Regensburg inside the building at Am Protzenweiher 27, ph 0941-82933. The market will not take place on German holidays. Every second Sat. of the month: 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nuremburg, Großparkplatz (large car park) on Gugelstraße, corner Humboldtstraße. Every third Sat. of the month: 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: in 92224 Amberg, Kaufland-Parkplatz, An den Franzosenaeckern Every third Sun. of the month: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Trödel- & Jahrmarkt in 93073 Neutraubling (next to Regensburg), at the "Globus" DITY store, Pommernstraße 4 Sat., 26 Nov: - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in Raigering on the outskirts of 92224 Amberg, car park at the ―Sterk‖ brewery, Hofmark 2


- 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.: in 92421 Schwandorf at the Festplatz along Angerring / Nuremberger Straße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg). Sat., 03 Dec: - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden at the Volksfestplatz on Leuchtenberger Straße - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 91054 Erlangen, Bohlenplatz. Homepage. - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Trödel- & Jahrmarkt in 93055 Regensburg, at the "Globus" DITY market, Sulzfeldstr. 3. Visitors can park for free at the car park of "Hiendl" furniture store. - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92318 Neumarkt, Volksfestplatz and Jurahallen, Festplatz 1 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels). A large selection of everything you do and don't need: toys, antiques, collectibles (coins, stamps etc.), clothes and much more. Kids can enjoy themselves on the inflatable jumping castle during the summer months (Apr. - Oct.) - only when the weather is good! The next couple of dates are online. Sun., 04 Dec: 8 a.m. - midday: in 92339 Beilngries, Volksfestplatz, Sandstraße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels). Sat., 10 Dec: - 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nuremberg at the Großparkplatz (large car park) on Gugelstraße, corner Humboldtstraße. - 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92224 Amberg at the Dultplatz on Bruno-Hofer-Straße. Sat., 17 Dec: - 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: in 92224 Amberg at the Kaufland car park, An den Franzosenäckern - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden at the Volksfestplatz on Leuchtenberger Straße Sun., 18 Dec: 8 a.m. - midday: in 92339 Beilngries, Volksfestplatz, Sandstraße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels) All flea markets are listed here by zip code.

Winterdorf (Winter Village) Now - 31 Dec: in 95444 Bayreuth, city center. It's like a small Christmas market (but only FIVE stalls), where they sell food and drinks and provide entertainment. For more, website.

Open Stores on Sunday All stores in Germany usually remain closed on Sundays and German holidays - but for special dates and occasions, pre-determined by local authorities, exceptions are granted. Usually, these "open store" dates coincide with either street market days or some type of citizens fest (such as Volksfest or Bürgerfest). Opening hours differ from city to city but in general, stores open around midday or very early afternoon, and stay open until 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. 27 Nov: in 97337 Dettelbach, Altstadt = old city / Rathausplatz (ca.8 km / 5 miles north of Kitzingen). Opening hours: Sat. 4 - 10 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 27 Nov: in 63916 Amorbach on Marktplatz (ca. 95 km / 60 miles west of Kitzingen).

Advent Bazaar 26 Nov: 4 p.m., in 92286 Rieden, Marktplatz = market square, around the church (ca. 26 km / 16 miles north of Hohenfels).

Visit fromSt. Nikolaus, the German Santa Claus 27 Nov: 4 p.m., in Sorghof, playground on Hans-Ohorn-Platz (part of 92249 Vilseck, just outside the gate)

Markt der Ideen (Market of Ideas) 27 Nov: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., in 91052 Erlangen, Heinrich-Lades-Halle, Rathausplatz 1, ph 09131-862-490. Homepage Over 200 exhibitors will present their hand-crafted goods and culinary delicacies. Walk along the various booths and choose from their interesting displays which include decorations; clothes; art objects and paintings; delicacies; and creative ideas for recreational activities. Or would you rather have exclusive, high-quality and unusual clothing, hats, handbags and silk cloths? Take a look at intriguing jewelry from artistic goldsmith, or creative fashion jewelry. Collectors will love the unique dolls and teddies on sale. And after you're done with your shopping, enjoy some of the delicacies. Take a deep breath and smell the cookie and waffle fragrance, or get some unusual jams, herbal pastes, hearty delicacies, and berry wine. Of course all the foods are unique and home-made.

Maximum Rock Night Every first Saturday of the month: in 90441 Nuremberg, at the Hirsch, Vogelweiherstraße 66, ph 0911-429-414. Two DJs will rock the "Hirsch". Every party offers special surprises and different music styles on the second floor. Admission is only 6 Euros pp.


Upcoming ski trips with the Bavarian Ski Club! Spaces are limited, reserve your spot early! 9 – 11 Dec: Obergurgl/Hochgurgl is the European home of the U.S .Ski Team. This trips departs Friday the 9th and returns Sunday around 9 p.m. We will be staying at nice hotel on the mountain that you can ski in, ski out! After a hard day on the slopes there is an excellent après ski opportunity at the Nederhütte . Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Waldweihnacht = Christmas in the Forest 17 Dec: 5 p.m., in Sorghof (part of 92249 Vilseck). This very special event starts at the "Dorfplatz" (yard next to the Sorghof church) in the center of Sorghof. Parking is available there. Warm your hands at the crackling fire while you listen to a brass band play. Then visitors and shepherds will walk 300 meters to the nearby forest in a torchlight procession, following the "Star of Bethlehem" which shows them the way. Here they will find a live "Weihnachtskrippe" (nativity scene), wooden booths with food and refreshments, and another big crackling bonfire. The live nativity scene is very unique because it's really "live", i.e. with real animals and a real baby in the manger. When the procession has arrived, the actors will perform a musical about the search of St. Joseph and St. Mary for shelter. It's a real pleasure to listen to these great voices. Christmas Songs in English language is also a contribution to all American guest. As the Waldweihnacht draws to a close after about one hour, Christmas sparklers will be passed out (or bring your own) to the kids and the whole scene will end in a "big sparkle"! At the wooden huts you will find various food and refreshments, such as "Glühwein" = mulled wine (comes in "strong" and "stronger"), "Kinderpunsch" (without alcohol), "Dotsch" (potato pancake), "Hirtengulasch" (Shepherd's goulash), and of course "Bratwurst". All proceeds will go to local charity events. No entry fee! 18 Dec: 4 p.m., in 92287 Schmidmühlen, at the Hammerkapelle (chapel), Hammerstr. 30 (ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles NW of Hohenfels). 18 Dec: 5 p.m., in 92670 Windischeschenbach, Johannisthal (ca. 20 km / 13 miles north of Weiden).

Stallweihnacht (Christmas in a Barn) 18 Dec: 5 p.m., at ―Sepp's Arche-Noah-Hof‖ (farm) bei 92709 Moosbach (ca. 25 km / 15.5 miles SE of Weiden). Participants will gather at 16:15 at the Rathaus (town hall) and walk to the farm together. Torches are welcome, especially on the way back. Musical pieces and poems will support this Christmas panto. After the performance with live animals, Gluehwein (mulled wine) and cookies are on sale.

Christmas Markets Please note: Due to major construction projects, there will be no public events (only GE) at Schloss Hexenagger!

Tis the season Altötting 132 km / 82 miles SE of Regensburg. 25 Nov. - 18 Dec: in 84503 Altötting, all around the Kapellplatz = Chapel Square. The Christmas market in Altötting's baroque main square - in its center the small Gnadenkapelle (Chapel of Grace) - is considered one of the most beautiful by many. There are daily performances at 5 and 7 p.m. on the stage, on Saturday and Sunday also at 2 p.m. The German Nikolaus visits the market every day at 5 p.m. Every church also has nativity scenes (Basilika St. Anna, the Stiftspfarrkirche, and St. Michael), and the Rathaus (city hall) contains one with figures in traditional Bavarian clothing. When you visit there, don't miss the stunningly beautiful pilgrimage church (in English, click on the Union Jack at top right to change language). At the Kapellplatz / Chapel Square alone you'll find FOUR different churches that you can visit.

Amberg 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 92224 Amberg on Marktplatz = market place. Highlights are daily live performances on the stage, a horse-drawn carriage and a live nativity scene, as well as a special program for the kids. Opening hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun. 1 - 8 p.m.

Andechs 2 - 04 Dec: 42 km / 26 miles SW of Munich. Midday - 8 p.m.: in 82346 Andechs, along Andechser Straße. Andechs is famous for its monastery (only GE) and the beer that the monks brew there. A visit to this Christmas market is a perfect opportunity to visit the monastery as well. But before you do, have a look around the lovely Christmas market


and sample some of the typical Bavarian delicacies they offer there: homemade cookies and jams, red wine and Glühwein (mulled wine), "Kletzenbrot", chestnuts, honey and honey liqueur, smoked meat, "Schupfnudeln", Bratwürste and cheese raclette are among the scrumptious foods you can try.

Ansbach 25 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 91522 Ansbach on Martin-Luther-Platz (between the two churches in the historical city center). Opening hours: Mon. - Thu. 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Auerbach 3 & 4 Dec: in 91275 Auerbach at the "Bergbaumuseum Maffei" (mining museum), Nitzlbuch 27, 26 km / 16 miles NW of Vilseck. Opening hours: Sat. 1 - 9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. The mining museum is a wonderful surrounding for the traditional wooden huts of this arts and crafts Christmas market, where up to 70 artisans display and sell their goods. A varied program for the young and old will add to the lovely scene. This market is ends with the traditional festive parade of former miners, illuminated by torches and candles. Parking: please follow the signs for "Maffei P+R", it'll lead you to the large car park of the Cherry factory, on Cherrystraße 1. A shuttle bus service will take all guests to the mining museum. Admission is only1 50 Euros pp which includes the fare for the shuttle.

Augsburg Augsburg is ca. 155 km / 95 miles north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 21 Nov. -24 Dec: in 86150 Augsburg on Rathausplatz and in the whole Fußgängerzone = pedestrian zone, 155 km / 95 miles north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.This is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, held right in front of the unique historical Rathaus (city hall) famous for its Golden Ceiling Hall. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m., you can watch the "Engelesspiel" where 24 "angels" appear and turn the Rathaus into a giant advent calendar. This market also features daily musical performances, and a special program for children (baking with kids, puppet theater) at the Children's Christmas Market on Moritzplatz and Martin-Luther-Platz. Opening hours: On the first day: 7 - 9:30 p.m. Sun. - Thu.: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Bad Tölz 26 Nov. - 24 Dec: in 83646 Bad Tölz on Marktstraße and the rest of the Innenstadt = inner city (ca. 60 km / 37 miles NE from Garmisch-Partenkirchen). Lovely traditional nativity scenes are displayed thoughout the city center (e.g. in the Stadtmuseum = city museum, and the Franziskanerkirche). At the market, you can watch how genuine "Baumkuchen" (a type of layered, grilled cake) or chocolate is made.

Bamberg 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: 96047 Bamberg on Maximiliansplatz. The origins of Bamberg's Christmas Market date back to the beginning of the 19th century. Nowadays, around 50 vendors sell a variety of Christmas articles along with typcial delicacies from the region, such as Lebkuchen (gingerbread cookies) and Früchtebrot (German fruit cake). 03 - 11 Dec: 96047 Bamberg at Schloss Geyerswörth (mansion), Geyerswörthstr. 1.

Bayreuth 25 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 95448 Bayreuth along Maximilianstraße and on Marktplatz (market place). Over 60 stalls are in this "Budenstadt", offering everything from decorations to scrumptious foods. The grand opening takes place on Fri., 26. November, at 5 p.m. Regular opening hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Beilngries 20 Nov: 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfel, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.: Romantic arts and crafts market at the Klötzel farm in Grampersdorf, Kirchstraße 12 (it's part of 92339 Beilngries). Artisans present their wares in the historic courtyard and show their skills. Culinary delights a-plenty as well. 24 - 27 Nov. and 1 - 4 Dec: in 92339 Beilngries along Hauptstraße and on Kirchenvorplatz.

Berching: Berching is ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels. 27 Nov., 04 Dec., 11 Dec., 18 Dec: 1 - 6 p.m., at the historic guesthouse (inn) "Alte Wegscheid" (only GE), Wegscheid 1a, (it's a part of 92334 Berching), 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels. 3 & 4 Dec: at the "Kloster Plankstetten" (monastery) in 92334 Berching at Klosterplatz 1. Opening hours: Sat. 3 - 9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 10 & 11 Dec: 4 p.m.: in 92334 Berching, inner city.

Berchtesgaden 24 - 27 Nov., 01 - 04 Dec., 07 - 11 Dec., 15 - 23 Dec: 155 km / 97 miles SE of Munich on Maximilianstraße. Open midday - 8 p.m. on each of these days. This lovely Christmas market in gorgeous Berchtesgaden attracts many visitors each year with a large number of activities: traditional arts and crafts stalls, rides in horse-drawn carriages, an "Engerlstudio", a Christmas tree labyrinth, a petting zoo,live nativity plays, guided tours of the historical city center, a tower brass band playing on top of the bell tower of the Stiftskirche (church), and much more. A very unique event is the visit of the "Buttnmandl" and "Kramperl" on 05 and 06 December, as well as the "Böllerschießen" (gun salutes) in the week before Christmas Eve. Of course you can find all details online (only GE).


Breitenbrunn Breitenbrunn is ca. 27 km / 17 miles SW of Hohenfels. 3 & 4 Dec: in 92363 Breitenbrunn, Marktplatz = Market Place, 27 km / 17 miles SW of Hohenfels.

Burglengenfeld 25 - 27 Nov: in 93133 Burglengenfeld on Unterer Marktplatz = Lower Market Place, 30 km / 19 miles north of Regensburg. 19 & 20 Dec: 1 - 5 p.m.: in 93133 Burglengenfeld at the Burg (castle), Erich-Gottfried-Heuser-Straße1 The 1200-yearold Wittelsbacher castle "zu Lengfeld" is the second-largest complete castle in Bavaria. Its tiltyard becomes populated with quaint wooden huts where you can find lovely, handcrafted wares. At 2 p.m., the Castellan expects all visitors at the "Pulverturm" (magazine tower) for a bit of jousting. Guests interested in history can join a guided tour of the castle at 3 p.m. (in German), followed by telling of historical tales at 4 p.m. the "Zehrgaden" (kitchen garden). Or stop by the castle's "Wehrgang" (wall walk) where an exhibition of historical furniture takes place.

Burgtreswitz falls under the admin responsibility of 92709 Moosbach and is located ca. 25 km / 15.5 miles SE of Weiden. 3 & 4 Dec: at Schloss Burgtreswitz castle in Burgtreswitz, Schlosshof 1. The market is open Sat. 3 - 9 p.m., Sun. 1 - 7 p.m.

Chiemsee 25 - 27 Nov. & 02 - 04 Dec: on the Fraueninsel, aka Frauenchiemsee, one of two isles in the Chiemsee lake (part of 83256 Chiemsee), 97 km / 60 miles SE of Munich. Opening hours: Fridays 2 - 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays midday - 7 p.m. Find exquisite arts and crafts items, unusual presents and culinary delights at the 80 stalls (in EN) on the isle. Festive concerts and readings (in GE) complete this Advent market. If you travel by train, a "Kombi-Ticket" will take you from and back to the Bahnhof Prien am Chiemsee (train station) via the local public bus service to the Hafen (port) Prien/Stock, and further to the Fraueninsel via ship. And why not take this opportunity to visit the (83209) Herrenchiemsee palace as well (link in English)? It is one of King Ludwig's famous castles right in the middle of idyllic Chiemsee lake. But please understand that opening hours are reduced during winter.

Dietfurt 20 Nov: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Arts and crafts market at the Schloss (mansion) at Wildenstein 12, 92345 Dietfurt, ph 08464-9461. This market offers a diverse program for its visitors, 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels. 27 Nov: until 5 p.m., in 92345 Dietfurt, inner city. With open stores on Sunday until 5 p.m. One of the oldest markets in the area. As open stores on Sunday aren't allowed in December, this market is held on the last Sunday in November. 27 Nov: midday: "Christmas in a Barn" and arts and crafts market at the historic "Gasthof Stirzer", 92345 Dietfurt, Hauptstraße 45. 8 - 11 Dec: in 92345 Dietfurt on Marktplatz = Market Square. Held around the famous Chinesenbrunnen = fountain in the town center. Varying daily entertainment with Alphorn blowers, children's theater, Nikolaus and Christkind.

Dinkelsbühl 24 Nov. - 21 Dec: in 91550 Dinkelsbühl, at the Spitalhof on Dr.-Martin-Luther-Straße 6. The market (only GE) is held in the idyllic courtyard of the historical "Spitalanlage" along Dr.-Martin-Luther-Straße.(45 km / 28 miles SW of Ansbach.)

Dresden 24 Nov. - 24 Dec: Striezelmarkt in 01067 Dresden, Schlossplatz / Chiaverigasse. Germany's oldest Christmas market has resided in the Saxon provincial capital for more than half a millennium. Dresden is not in Bavaria anymore, it's in Saxony but has one of the oldest and best-known Christmas markets in Germany. Lots of English information here.

Erlangen Erlangen is ca. 25 km / 15 miles north of Nuremberg. 25 Nov. - 23 Dec: 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.: in 91052 Erlangen around the Neustädter Kirchenplatz. This Christmas market has a distinct medieval touch, with jugglers and jongleurs, musicians and buffoons. In addition, a fire show attracts all visitors every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Ettal 2 - 4 Dec. & 9 - 11 Dec: 1 - 7 p.m., at the Kloster Ettal (monastery), 16 km / 10 miles north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Admission (only GE) is 4 Euros pp, children 16 to 18 pay 1 Euro; younger children are free. Beautiful handcrafted goods, mouth-watering delicacies, and romantic Christmas music await you at the Ettaler Klosterweihnacht (only GE) inside the old monastery walls. In the evenings, candles will illuminate the market, and Christmas music will take you to a Christmas wonderland. There will also be a special children's program every day.

Feuchtwangen 26 Nov. - 19 Dec: in 91555 Feuchtwangen on Kirchplatz, 30 km / 19 miles SW of Ansbach.


The market is only open Thu. thru Sun. Its unique location between Feuchtwangen's two churches gives this Christmas market a very special, romantic atmosphere. Thousands of tiny lights on the fir trees will illuminate the place which is especially beautiful after dusk. Opening hours Its unique location between Feuchtwangen's two churches gives this Christmas market a very special, romantic atmosphere. Thousands of tiny lights on the fir trees will illuminate the place which is especially beautiful after dusk. Opening hours: Fri. 5 - 8 p.m. Sat. 4 8 p.m. Sun. 2 - 6 p.m.

Freihung 26 Nov: 4 p.m.: in 92271 Freihung at the fest site am Harranger, 10 km / 6 miles east of Vilseck.

Fürth 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 90762 Fürth, at the Fürther Freiheit, 10 km / 6 miles west of Nuremberg. 2 - 11 Dec: The "Altstadt-Weihnacht" in 90762 Fürth on Waagplatz is highly popular because of its authentic character and its exquisite arts and crafts goods. And the Christmassy magic continues with brass bands, choirs, illusionists and the nightwatchmen.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen 2 - 23 Dec: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.: in 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Rathausplatz.

Grafenwöhr 3 Dec: 2 – 10 p.m. in 92655 Grafenwöhr on Marktplatz = Market Place.

Greding Greding is ca. 55 km / 34 miles west of Hohenfels. 03 + 04 Dec., in 91171 Greding, inner city. Opening hours: Sat. 4 - 9 p.m., Sun. 1 - 6:30 p.m. Both the German Nikolaus and the Nuremberger Christkindl will visit!

Guteneck: Guteneck is ca. 35 km / 21.5 miles south of Weiden. 26 & 27 Nov., 3 & 4 Dec. , 9 - 11 Dec. & 16 - 18 Dec: at Schloss Guteneck in 92543 Guteneck, Schlossberg 10, ph 0967591-4662. Open Sat. 2 - 10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Admission: 4.- Euros pp; children under 12 and visitors in historical costumes are free. The mansion's courtyard is the perfect backdrop for the booths, with lanterns, torches and a beautiful surrounding. Watch craftsmen how they make their wares, listen to medieval musicians, enjoy the dance performances, and don't forget to sample the delicious foods!

Hahnbach: 26 & 27 Nov: in 92256 Hahnbach, around the Pfarrkirche = church, 12 km / 7.5 miles south of Vilseck. The market is open Sat. 3:30 - 9:30 p.m. Sun. 1:30 - 7 p.m.

Heilsbronn 2 - 4 Dec: in 91560 Heilsbronn on Kammereckerplatz, 17 km / 11 miles east of Ansbach.

Iphofen 3 & 4 Dec: in 97346 Iphofen, inner city. Opening hours: Sat. 3 - 9 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., 11 km / 7 miles SE of Kitzingen. Traditional Christmas market around the Rathaus (town hall) and the Kirchplatz (church square).

Kastl 3 & 4 Dec: in 92280 Kastl. Opens Sat. at 3:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., 25 km / 15.5 miles SW of Amberg

Kelheim: 9 - 19 Dec: in 93309 Kelheim on Ludwigsplatz, 30 km / 20 miles SW of Regensburg. This Christkindlmarkt comes under the motto "City of 1,000 Christmas Trees". A diverse entertainment program with music ranging from Rock to Bavarian "Stubenmusik" complements the market.

Kirchenthumbach: 4 Dec: 1 - 7 p.m.: in 91281 Kirchenthumbach., 10 km / 6 miles NW of Grafenwöhr.

Kitzingen: 26 Nov - 24 Dec: in 97318 Kitzingen on Marktplatz = market place. There are daily concerts and/or other performances, and children can visit the petting zoo, have a go at baking cookies, or have a ride on the carousel. Opening hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun. midday - 7 p.m.; Christmas Eve 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Langenzenn 11 Dec: in 90579 Langenzenn, on and around Klaushofer Weg, 27 km / 17 miles west of Nuremberg. Visitors will be greeted with the full Christmas program: beautiful arts and crafts wares in around 90 stalls the Christkind with its angels, brass bands, choirs, and a wonderful program. The Prinzregentenplatz, Rosenstraße and the Altes Rathaus (historic city hall) beam romantically under their Christmas illumination, and a festive parade by the Elementary School children will complete this market. An additional highlight is the Christmas concert in the Stadtkirche (city church) at 7:30 p.m.

Lauf an der Pegnitz 24 Nov. - 24 Dec: in 91207 Lauf an der Pegnitz on Marktplatz, . 70 km / 40 miles west of Vilseck. Lauf also offers a large program for the whole family, with live music, horse-drawn carriages, a puppet theater, a visit by the Nikolaus and the Nuremberger Christkindl. Opening hours: Sun. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. On 24 Dec. 9 a.m. - midday.

Lintach


3 Dec: in Lintach on the playground, 92272 Freudenberg and is ca. 8 km / 5 miles west of Amberg.

Mainbernheim: 4 Dec: 11 a.m.: in 97350 Mainbernheim in the Altstadt = old city. Most booths will be at the Raiffeisenhof and on Herrnstraße, 6 km / 4 miles SE of Kitzingen.

Marktbreit: Sun., 27 Nov., 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.: in 97340 Marktbreit, inner city, 11 km / 7 miles south of Kitzingen.

Miltenberg 25 - 27 Nov., 2 - 4 Dec., 9 - 11 Dec. & 16 - 18 Dec: in 63897 Miltenberg, 71 km / 45 miles west of Würzburg. This market is open Fridays 2 - 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Munich 24 Nov. - 24 Dec: "Bogenhausener Weihnachtszauberwald" (only GE) in 81925 München / Munich on Rosenkavalierplatz. "Weihnachtszauberwald" translates as "magical Christmas forest" referring to the over 500 fir trees with thousands of lights that surround this market. Around 40 rustic wooden stalls are the temporary homes of vendors, artisans, and chefs who all have something interesting to offer. The culinary delights include a piglet from the grill, Glühweinbratwurst (Bratwurst made with or soaked in mulled wine), roast apples, Glühwein (mulled wine), Feuerzangenbowle (flaming wine punch, link in EN), and fruit punch. There is also a different live performance every day at 5 p.m. Opening hours: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. On 24 Dec. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily: Medieval Christmas Market in 80333 München / Munich on Wittelsbacher Platz. Jugglers, storytellers, fire eaters - they all are part of this Medieval Advent Spectaculum - the link offers English and German language options, just click on the respective flag; If the background music annoys you, you can turn it off at the end of the left menu. But do try the virtual tour: simply move the mouse slightly left or right. A varied entertainment program completes the market. 25 Nov. - 24 Dec: "Haidhausener Weihnachtsmarkt" (only GE) in 81667 München / Munich on Weißenburger Platz. Opening hours: Sun. - Wed. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Thu. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Christmas Eve only10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Every Friday has a "Haidhauser Lichternacht" 5 - 6 p.m. - it's a parade with lanterns, by the local children. 25 Nov. - 24 Dec: in 80331 München / Munich on Marienplatz. Check out their homepage in deutsch and English. This is Munich's main Christmas market, and it's also the oldest in the city. A highlight every year is the "Himmelswerkstatt" (~ Santa's workshop) for children ages 6 to 12. Opening hours: Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 25 Nov. - 24 Dec: "Schwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt" (EN + GE) in 80803 München / Munich at the Forum Münchner Freiheit. The concept has been one of an artists market from the very beginning. An unmistakable flair can be found here with the high level of artistic talent and craftsmanship. This is further underlined by the quality of the daily cultural programme and fine foods. All concerts and events are free of charge. Opening hours: Starts at 6 p.m. on the first day. Mon. - Fri. midday - 8:30 p.m. Sat. + Sun. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Christmas Eve 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. On the Weekends 26 & 27 Nov., 3 & 4 Dec., 10. + 11 Dec., 17. + 18 Dec: 1 - 7:30 p.m., "Pasinger Christkindlmarkt"in 81241 München - Pasing, on Schererplatz and around the local church "Maria Schutz". 26 Nov. - 23 Dec: 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily: "Christkindlmarkt am Sendlinger Tor" in 80331 München / Munich at the Sendlinger-Tor-Platz. The gate known as Sendlinger Tor is gently illuminated by the small but unique Christkindlmarkt, with over 40 stalls selling international goods like nativity scenes from Tyrol and Peru, elegant baubles with motifs of Austrian Empress Elisabeth (very popular in Germany) and Bavarian King Ludwig II, Indian handiworks, and much more. 26 Nov. - 23 Dec: "Weihnachtsmarkt Praterinsel" (only GE) in 80538 München / Munich, at the Praterinsel, "Isarhof" and "Wurzlekeller". The historical facade of the old Schnapps distillery and the wintery Isar river make this one of the most scenic Christmas markets in Munich. Opening hours: Mon. - Fri. 3 - 10 p.m. Sat. + Sun. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. 27 Nov: 3 - 6 p.m.: Swedish Advent Market in 81737 München / Munich, in the community hall of the St.-Paulus Kirche (church), Sebastian-Bauer-Strasse 23. You can find a lot of Swedish products at this market, from accessories and foods to books. 9 Dec. 2011 - 06 Jan. 2012: The Largest Flaming Wine Punch in the World (only GE) in 80331 München / Munich, im Innenhof des Isartors, Tal 43. The concept of the largest Feuerzangenbowle (flaming wine punch, link in EN) is making a stop in Munich again this year.The Isartor gate is a romantic backdrop for the truly gigantic copper cauldron filled with 9,000 liters (ca. 2,380 gallons) of Feuerzangenbowle, an aromatic mixture of rum, red wine and sugar. The Feuerzangenbowle has been made very popular in Germany by an old B&W film that still gets repeated regularly on TV. Opening hours: Mon. - Wed. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thu. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Christmas Eve 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. New Year's Eve 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Neustadt an der Waldnaab 27 Nov: 2 - 6 p.m.: in 92660 Neustadt an der Waldnaab, north of Weiden, on Stadtplatz.

Nordheim am Main 20 & 21 Nov. & 27 & 28 Nov: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.: in 97334 Nordheim am Main along Langgasse, 20 km / 12 miles north of Kitzingen. A very popular feature of this Chrstmas market is the "Präsente-Bazar" with presents already wrapped up. An


exhibition of nativity scenes completes the program.

Nuremberg 25 - 27 Nov: in 90547 Stein near Nuremberg, Mecklenburger Platz (ca. 9 km / 5 miles SE of Nuremberg). 25 - 27 Nov, 02 - 04 Dec: in 90513 Zirndorf on Marktplatz (ca. 11 km / 7 miles west of Nuremberg). Opening hours: Fri. and Sat. 3 - 8 p.m., Sun. 2 - 8 p.m. 25 Nov. - 24 Dec: Christkindlesmarkt in 90403 Nuremberg. All details in English are available online. The Christmas Market will be solemnly opened with the Christmas Angel's prologue on Friday, 26 November at 5.30 p.m. Lantern Procession to Nuremberg Castle: Thursday, 09 December, starting at Fleischbrücke at 6.15 p.m. Daily opening hours: Friday, 2. November: 9.30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon-Thu: 9.30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri -Sat: 9.30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun: 10.30 a.m. – 8 p.m. The last market day will be Friday. 24. December, 9.30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Special Features at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt: "Nuremberger Kinderweihnacht" (Children's Christmas) on HansSachs-Platz has been part of the Nuremberg market since 1999, especially appreciated by families. Features traditional rides and lots of activities for kids. Same opening hours as the Christkindlesmarkt. - Christmas Market of the Partner Cities, on Rathausplatz The highly popular ‖little brother― of the regular Weihnachtsmarkt is the one by Nuremberg‘s partner cities (only GE). Great opportunity for buying international gifts! Proceedings of the stall run by the ―Amt für Internationale Beziehungen― (Office for International Relations) will be donated to social projects in the partner cities. 25 Nov. 2011 - 01 Jan. 2012: The Largest Flaming Wine Punch in the World (only GE) in 90403 Nuremberg at the Fleischbrücke (bridge). The concept of the largest Feuerzangenbowle (flaming wine punch, link in EN) is making a stop in Nuremberg again this year. Over the years, a whole Feuerzangenbowlen village has been set up along the Pegnitz river. A truly gigantic copper cauldron filled with 9,000 liters (ca. 2,380 gallons) of Feuerzangenbowle, an aromatic mixture of rum, red wine and sugar, and six restaurateurs invite everyone to celebrate the this nostalgic fest. The Feuerzangenbowle has been made very popular in Germany by an old B&W film that still gets repeated regularly on TV. Opening hours: Mon. - Wed. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thu. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Christmas Eve 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. New Year's Eve 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Oberammergau 27 Nov: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: in 82487 Oberammergau on Kirchplatz around the Church of St. Peter and Paul along Ettaler Straße, 20 km / 12 miles north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After a church service, it is tradition that the "Oberammergauer Bläserquartett" (brass quartet) opens the market in front of the church. Of course you'll find everything at this market that you expect: handcrafted goods, décorations, candles, foods, and much more. All sales revenue will be donated to charity, as every year. A festive end is the Advent concert in the Church of St. Peter and Paul at 7:30 p.m. 9 - 11 Dec., & 16 - 18 Dec: in 82487 Oberammergau at the "Pilatushaus" on Ludwig-Thoma-Straße 10. Opening hours: Fri. 3 - 7 p.m., Sat. midday - 7 p.m., and Sun. midday - 6 p.m. This is a traditional Bavarian Christmas market just as you would expect it: a 'live' nativity scene, performances by local choirs and brass bands, a children's carousel, rides in a horse-drawn carriage, Alphorn blowers, and of course the Nikolaus will bring little tokens to the little darlings. 10 & 11 Dec: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Christmas Arts and Crafts Market in 82487 Oberammergau at the "Ammergauer Haus", Eugen-Papst-Straße 9a. Around 50 local artisans assemble at the Ammergauer Haus every year to celebrate the pre-holiday season. The German Nikolaus will visit between 4 and 5 p.m., bringing small gifts for the children.

Obernbreit 4 Dec: 2:30 p.m.: "Nikolausmarkt" in 97342 Obernbreit, inner city, 14 km / 9 miles south of Kitzingen.

Ochsenfurt 10 & 11 Dec: in 97199 Ochsenfurt in the Altstadt = old city, and on Hauptstraße, 17 km / 10 miles SW of Kitzingen. Known as the "Ochsenfurter Adventsgässle", this Christmas market is located between Neues Rathaus (new city hall) and Schlössle (little mansion), past the Ziehbrunnen fountain, and long Bad- and Spitalgasse. Arts and crafts wares, culinary delights, music and sweets, are all to be found at this Christmas market. And of course the Christkind and the Nikolaus will be there with small gifts for the children. They will be accompanied by the "Ochsenfurter Zuckerfee", the symbolic figure of Ochsenfurt. Opening hours: Sat. 4 - 9 p.m. Sun. 2 - 6 p.m.

Pappenheim 26 & 27 Nov., and 3 - 4 Dec: in 91788 Pappenheim at the Burg (castle, link only GE), Marktplatz 5, 62 km / 40 miles SE of Ansbach. Beautifully illuminated, the romantic castle is the perfect backdrop for this lovely Christmas market. The German Nikolaus will visit, too, and bring many a present to the children. Open Sat. 4 - 9 p.m., Sun. 2 - 8 p.m.

Parsberg 25. - 27 Nov: Castle Christmas (only GE) in 92331 Parsberg at the castle, 15 km / 9 miles SW of Hohenfels. Opening hours: Fri. from 5:30 p.m. on. Sat. at 3 p.m. Sun. at midday. The market ends each day at 10 p.m.

Pegnitz 26 & 27 Nov: in 91257 Pegnitz, around the Marienkirche (Church of St. Mary's), Am Schlossberg. They are open Sat. 2 8 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Highlight is the appearance of the Christkind on Saturday, and rides in a horse-drawn carriage on Sunday. Of course there will be plenty to see and do for the kids! (60 km / 36 miles NE of Nuremberg, or ca. 13 km / 8 miles east of Pottenstein.)


Pottenstein Sun., 27 Nov., 1 - 8 p.m.: in 91278 Pottenstein,in the beautiful Fränkische Schweiz. Many attractions await the visitors, among them rides in horse-drawn carriages through the pretty town.

Prichsenstadt 12 & 13 Nov: in 97357 Prichsenstadt, at Wörners Schloss Weingut & Hotel, Neuses am Sand 21.

Regensburg 24 Nov - 23 Dec: in 93047 Regensburg around the Neupfarrplatz (pedestrian zone). Grand opening on Fri., 24 Nov. at 5 p.m. Regular opening hours: Sun. - Wed. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Thu. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Further details are online with English and German language options. 24 Nov - 23 Dec: Romantic Christmas Market at Schloss Thurn und Taxis (palace), 93047 Regensburg, Emmeramsplatz. The romantic backdrop of St. Emmeram give the "Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt― at the Thurn und Taxis mansion an incredible flair. Thousands of candles, torches and lanterns illuminate the impressive courtyard and almost lead you to believe that the cozy little huts are straight out of a fairy tale. Right in the middle, a huge Christmas tree oversees the busy little Christmas village. Opening hours: Sun. - Wed. midday - 10 p.m., Thu. - Sat. midday - 11 p.m. Admission is 5.- Euros pp Mon. - Fri.; and 6.- Euros pp at the weekends. Children (6 – 16 years) pay1 - Euro pp. Groups of ten people receive one ticket for free (9+1). 2 - 23 Dec: Arts and Crafts Weihnachtsmarkt in 93047 Regensburg, Haidplatz / Kohlenmarkt (pedestrian zone).

Riedenburg Riedenburg is ca. 46 km / 29 miles south of Hohenfels. 25 - 27 Nov., 2 - 4 Dec., 09 - 11 Dec. & 16 - 18 Dec: at Schloss Eggersberg, 93339 Riedenburg, Obereggersberg 18 (holds the Hofmark-Museum). The picturesque location of the castle high above the Altmühl river sets a beautiful surrounding for the lovingly decorated timer booths. The inner courtyard will be dwarfed by a huge Christmas tree, and the whole area will be subtly illuminated by thousands of candles, lanterns, and torches. . Opening times: Fridays: 2 - 10 p.m. Saturdays: midday - 10 p.m. Sundays: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: Adults 5.- Euros, children (6 – 16 years)1 - Euro. 10 &11 Dec: Medieval Weihnachtsmarkt in 93339 Riedenburg, at the "Fasslwirtschaft" inn on Bergkristallstraße 1. The interesting program features Fyfe and Drums performances, didgeridoos and medieval sounds, a parade with lit torches, fire eaters and much more! Of course there is also plenty of food to sample, such as Glühmet (heated honey wine), gefüllte Pfannkuchen (filled pancakes), Waffeln (waffles), Bratwürstln (grilled sausages), heiße Maroni (hot chestnuts) and so forth. You can find the detailed program online (only GE).

Rödelsee 18 - 20 Nov: "Christkindles Werkstätten" in 97348 Rödelsee at Schloss Crailsheim (mansion) on Schloss-Straße 2. Opening hours: Fri. 4 - 9 p.m. Sat. 2 - 9 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. More info at ph 09323-3416.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber 25 Nov. - 23 Dec: Reiterlesmarkt in 91541 Rothenburg on Marktplatz, on Grüner Markt and Kirchplatz. Grand Opening on Fri., 25 Nov., at 5 p.m. on Marktplatz; Opening hours: Sun. - Thu. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Every year Rothenburg is transformed from a summer's dream into a winter wonderland. Experience the enchanting atmosphere at the Christmas Market, the so-called "Reiterlesmarkt". This Market dates back to the 15th century and is therefore one of the oldest in Germany. Its name refers to an old Teutonic legend: In pre-Christian time, the Teutons believed in a rider who would take care of a deceased person‘s soul. While the Teutons were afraid of this mystic figure, people in the middle ages changed their attitude towards this rider, eagerly expecting him to appear because – according to the legend - he changed from a wild, rude man to a friendly messenger who brings gifts to all men on earth. A painting of this famous rider can be seen on the facade of the city hall. But on several occasions he ―becomes alive‖ again. For example, when the market is opened or when the children of the town go on their candlelight procession. The Reiterlesmarkt (in English) is always held from last Friday in November to the day before Christmas Eve.

Schmidmühlen 26 & 27 Nov: in 92287 Schmidmühlen around the church, 20 km / 12.5 miles NW of Hohenfels.

Schwabach Schwabach is ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles south of Nuremberg. 2 - 4 Dec. & 9 - 11 Dec: in 91126 Schwabach on Ludwigstraße / Königsplatz. The highlight here is the traditional "Lichterschiffchen-Fahren" , candle-lit- paper ships, on the Schwabach river on Sunday, 05 December. And don't miss the "Mittelfränkische Trachtenmuseum en miniature― (their local museum in small) displayed on Königsplatz.

Schwandorf 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 92421 Schwandorf on Unterer Marktplatz = Lower Market Place. Opening hours: Sun. - Fri. midday - 8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.


10. &11 Dec: "Oberpfälzer Weihnachts-Bauernmarkt" in 92421 Schwandorf at the "Tierzuchtzentrum", Hoher-Bogen-Str. 10. Local businesses, artisans and farmers have joined forces to organize this traditional, quaint Christmas market that offers unique and locally produced wares.

Schwarzenfeld 26 Nov: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.: in 92521 Schwarzenfeld along Hauptstraße / Amberger Straße, 23 km / 14 miles west of Amberg. The stores in the city center will also be open 1 - 8 p.m.

Schweinfurt 24 Nov. - 24 Dec: in 97421 Schweinfurt, Marktplatz. More details should soon be online There will be a new highlight every day: visit by the Nuremberger Christkind, Nikolaus (the German Santa Claus), a "Rock Christmas" evening, horse-drawn carriages, special Stollen, and much more! On the third advent weekend, an exquisite arts and crafts market is held in the exhibition room of the "Altes Rathaus" (old city hall). Opening hours: Mon. - Wed. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thu. - Sat.: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. On 24 Dec. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. only.

Sulzbach-Rosenberg 24 - 27 Nov., 1 - 4 Dec., 8 - 11 Dec. &15 - 18 Dec: in 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg on Luitpoldplatz, 20 km / 12.5 miles south of Vilseck. The market is only open Thursdays thru Sundays.

Tüchersfeld 3 & 4 Dec: 1 - 5 p.m. both days: at the Fränkische-Schweiz-Museum in Tüchersfeld, Am Museum 5.

Tüssling 25 - 27 Nov., 2 - 4 Dec., 9 - 11 Dec: Romantic Christmas Market at Schloss Tüssling (castle) in 84577 Tüssling. You can expect the full Christmas program at this market: over 90 artisans will display their unique wares in quaint wooden sheds and stalls, dotted along the courtyard, behind the stables, and in the Schlosspark (only GE). A sophisticated cultural program with hunting horn concerts, Christmas music and performances complements the market. Children can listen to fairy tales and try out handicrafts. An alley illuminated by hundreds of candles, torches and lampions will create a solemn atmosphere, and you can watch an exciting fire show or illuminated hot-air balloons (only in good weather). The "Cafe Stephanie" in the former malthouse awaits you with a Scottish Whisky bar and select delicacies Since it's a bit of a distance to Tüssling, why not take this opportunity for a great day out: You could start the day with a visit to the (83209) Herrenchiemsee palace (in English), one of King Ludwig's famous castles right in the middle of idyllic Chiemsee lake. But please understand that opening hours are reduced during winter. Then if you like, you could travel to 84503 Altötting and visit the stunningly beautiful pilgrimage church (in English, click on the Union Jack at top right to change language). At the Kapellplatz / Chapel Square alone you'll find FOUR different churches that you can visit. Altötting will also offer you plenty of restaurants for a lovely lunch meal. And what better way to end this lovely trip with a visit to the Christmas market at Tüßling? Just when the sun sets and the lights come on is the perfect time for a leisurely stroll over the market, look out for some Christmas presents, and enjoy a cup of Glühwein - unless you're driving, of course!

Velburg 9 - 11 Dec: in 92355 Velburg on Stadtplatz, 18 km / 11 miles west of Hohenfels

Vilseck 27 Nov: in Schlicht at the "Winklergarten" (part of 92249 Vilseck). 10 & 11 Dec: in 92249 Vilseck at the Burg Dagestein castle, inner courtyard. The castle is the perfect surrounding for this lovely market. Various booths will sell Christmas decorations and the typical Christmas foods. Program: Sat., 10 Dec., 4 p.m.: Parade with lit lanterns, led by Vilseck's very own night watchman. Starts at the Marktplatz (market place). . 5 p.m.: Grand opening by Vilseck's mayor. 5:30 p.m.: Nikolaus, the German Santa Claus, will visit the market. 9 p.m.: End Sun., 11 Dec.,1 p.m.: Market opens. 5 p.m.: the "Christkind" visits the market. 7 p.m.: End.

Waldsassen 26 & 27 Nov., & 3 & 4 Dec: 2 - 8 p.m.: in 95652 Waldsassen in front of the stunning basilica.

Weiden 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 92637 Weiden, Altstadt (historic city center). Weiden's Christmas market has been held annually since 1576 and nowadays offers free, interesting entertainment (at ca. 5 p.m.) on the steps of the Altes Rathaus (historic city hall). The Rathaus itself is turned into a Christmas calendar where a new "door" (window, really) is opened every day. Opening hours: Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. 26 & 27 Nov., and 3 & 4 Dec: 1 - 8 p.m.: Romantic Weihnachtsmarkt in 92637 Weiden, at the courtyard of the "Regionalbibliothek" (public library), Scheibenstraße 7, ph 0961-390-3013. A sea of candles will light the baroque courtyard, and the delicious smell of Christmas will waft through the air. In this romantic atmosphere, artisans and exhibitors will show and sell their beautiful goods. Of course there will be plenty of scrumptious Christmas delicacies as well! Admission is 1 Euro pp (which will get you a coupon worth 50 cents that you can use at the stalls). Kids are free.

Windischeschenbach


26 & 27 Nov: at the Schafferhof, 92670 Windischeschenbach / Neuhaus, Burgstrasse 6, 21 km / 13 miles north of Weiden. Everything at this arts and crafts market is unique, even the Zoigl (beer brewed by the local community) and the Schnapps. The market is held at the Schafferhof (the former farmyard) and at the castle which will pose the perfect surrounding for the subtle ilumination and the gospel choir. Admission is: 2.- Euros pp (includes access to the museum), children are free. In case of bad weather, the concerts will be held in the Hl.-Geist-Kirche (church) in Neuhaus. The market is open Sat. 2 - 11:59 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Wolframs-Eschenbach 10 &11 Dec: in 91639 Wolframs-Eschenbach, 18 km / 11 miles SE of Ansbach. The "Sternlesmarkt", as it's known, is held at the churchyard, at the "Bürgersaal" (community hall), at the gallery of the "Deutschordensschloss" (palace), and at the "Museum Wolfram von Eschenbach". Opening hours: Sat. 1 - 7 p.m., Sun. 3 - 8 p.m.

Würzburg 25 Nov - 23 Dec: in 97070 Würzburg on Marktplatz (Market Place). Opening hours: Mon - Sat. 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

German‑American Kontakt Club Event Calendar for Vilseck Kontakt If you are interested in participating in one of the events, please register with Daniel Koenig or sign up with the Vilseck Kontakt Club at the website by filling out the Mitgliedsantrag. (Member registration form)

Every Friday 7 p.m. Stammtisch at the Clubhouse - new location, Bldg 301

Event Calendar for Grafenwoehr Kontakt More information, Call CIV 09641‑83‑7878, DSN 475‑7878 or email.

Every Monday 7 p.m. Bowling at the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center.

Every Wednesday 7 p.m. Stammtisch at the Clubhouse.


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